“That was pretty embarrassing man, taking that last loss down there in Tampa, man,” Kelce said during an interview with NFL Network’s Patrick Claybon and Brandon Flowers on Thursday’s NFL Total Access. “If you’re not motivated after taking a shellacking like that, I don’t know what’s wrong with you. I want to go win one more than I ever wanted to get one in the first place and that’s everybody in that building, man.
“That’s why I love Kansas City, we’ve got great guys, top to bottom. Front office, Clark Hunt, the head of it all, the owner of the Chiefs, he’s done a great job of getting the right people in the right place, even more so this year with the new additions that we have. It’s just exciting times and everybody’s motivated to just get better and go out here and try to win a Super Bowl, man.”
Travis Kelce as Boo Weekley/Happy Gilmore
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce knows how to pump up a crowd, and nothing gets ’em going like Happy Gilmore’s Bull Dance — which was famously borrowed by Boo Weekely at the 2008 Ryder Cup. Keep on feelin’ the flow, Travis!
“He hasn’t said anything to me about that,” Mahomes said. “Usually when we’re shooting those things, we’re just kind of focused on that and how we’re just focused on that and kind of how our lives are going. But it’s a weird situation. A great organization, a great football player. They’re not seeing eye-to-eye.
“We’ll see what happens. I’m sure that whatever happens that Aaron and the Green Bay Packers will be just fine.”
This past spring, Oakley finally revealed the mysterious shades, and with the help of none other than Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes: the Oakley Kato.
EDGE: Brian Burns (Panthers)
EDGE: Montez Sweat (Washington)
IDL: Daron Payne (Washington)
IDL: Dexter Lawrence (Giants)
LB: Devin Bush (Steelers)
LB: Kenneth Murray (Chargers)
LB: Tremaine Edmunds (Bills)
CB: Carlton Davis (Buccaneers)
CB: L’Jarius Sneed (Chiefs)
S: Marcus Williams (Saints)
S: Antoine Winfield Jr. (Buccaneers)
Along with Hardman, other returning options include third-year receiver Byron Pringle, who started three games last season, and Demarcus Robinson, who started nine games last year.
“Mecole has played, D-Rob has played in Super Bowls, Pringle,” Hill said. “So I feel like we’re going to be all right.”
“I’ve said it before. I’ve gotten the chance to snap to really good quarterbacks at OU, so I’m used to snapping to great players. At the college level, I’ve snapped to the best of the best and now in the NFL, I’ll have the chance to snap to the best of the best. I’m not too nervous about it or anything. He’s a great player. He’s a great teammate.”
Up for grabs, signed Jerseys from Patrick Maholmes, Tyreek Hill, and Damien Williams.
There are also tickets to any pre-season Chiefs game.
Money from the raffle will benefit the Umbarger-Betts Scholarship Fund, which help kids in the community afford activities at the Arvon Phillips Community Center.
In February, Jace and Robert boarded a private jet bound for Tampa to watch their Kansas City Chiefs compete in Super Bowl LV. Both were diehard Chiefs fans, and thanks to a friendship that Jace struck with CBS analyst Jay Feely, his story reached Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman, a former teammate of Feely’s.
Sherman decided to pay for Jace and his father to get the entire Super Bowl experience — the flight, a hotel, passes to the events outside the stadium, and, of course, the game.
“Being able to watch the Super Bowl with my father, especially after the long couple of years we’ve had, it’ll be something I’ll definitely never forget and something I’ll cherish forever,” Jace told Sports Spectrum ahead of the game.
Around the NFL
The National Football League (NFL) and Twitter announced today a multi-year partnership extension which will include expanded engagement formats and a full-season commitment to produce exclusive content on Twitter Spaces, Twitter’s new live audio feature. Twitter will also continue to be a home for the games’ biggest moments — all the touchdowns, leaping catches, incredible runs, and celebrations after they happen, from season Kickoff to Super Bowl.
There’s a bad-news component to a return to football normalcy because, as a league source tells PFT, teams are bracing for struggles when it comes to hiring stadium workers.
The game-day experience, from parking-lot attendants to ticket takers to concessions workers to ushers to security and beyond, entails well over a thousand employees per stadium. Last year, most of those persons had little or no work. Now, with a year away from it, teams have become concerned that many won’t want to come back.
It was the sweet soul Scott Pioli who chose the Lions (and the Cleveland Browns, I guess) as the most deserving of the 2021 title.
“If I was a betting man, I was told the best thing to do is bet on yourself, so why not?” Barkley said.
Eisen pressed him further, telling Barkley he’d select him with the No. 1 overall pick and “enjoy it immensely.” Barkley gave him what can be interpreted as a thumbs up.
“I believe so,” Barkley said. “I know so.”
“Yeah,” Smith said, via Will Ragatz of SI.com. “I mean I don’t know what happens at the end of careers. I was listening to, it might’ve been the [episode] with Champ [Bailey], Pat Pete was saying at that ten-year mark, sometimes things change. I don’t plan on that happening, but the NFL is the NFL. It’s always wild. But I’ll always consider myself a Viking no matter what.”
“I thought there was a possibility that Kyle was gonna go Pitts at three,” McVay said, via 49ers Web Zone. “In all seriousness, because he’s such a visionary. I’m telling you, I didn’t think it was going to be a crazy thought because you go back to when New England had the two-tight end set, and they were doing things totally different. You think about what Kittle. And then, the thing that makes sense is that, hey, Jimmy’s produced all the way. This isn’t a production thing. This is an availability thing that you’re saying, ‘We can’t have that,’ like, all the things.
“But I was like, ‘If it’s not Mac Jones — and I hadn’t studied Trey, just because there wasn’t a lot of film exposure going back a couple of years, and we weren’t in that market, so I didn’t know other than watching him throw at his pro day that you’re saying, ‘Alright, you can see a lot of the things that you would like and that would make sense.’”
“Honestly, I can say I’m taking it as a part of my journey,” Snell said. “I never have settled and been comfortable, you know that. This is my job now, you know. Another thing I keep in mind was the Steelers picked me; I didn’t pick the Steelers so I’m ride and dying about where I’m at. When it’s time to work, it’s time to work. I feel like, even on top of us having Najee, you (can’t) just do one back for the whole season and hustle. I definitely know that roads and big-time moments are going to come up and I’m going to make sure I’m ready for them. I’m just keeping my head down and working.”
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It is relatively well known among the team’s fans that Kansas City Chiefs All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce began his football career as a quarterback at Cleveland Heights High School. He was a three-year letterman at the position, with a combined 2,539 yards from scrimmage as a senior.
“It’s different in the sense that you don’t have the parades and all that different type of stuff,” he said. “But I think the beautiful thing about the NFL is every single year, you start from scratch. You have to come in, you have to put in the work to try to get to the big game and try to win it. And so for us, win or lose that Super Bowl the last two years, we still have that same mentality: we’re going to start from scratch and build and try to find a way to get back to that game.”
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